Jan. 21, 2013 @ 03:28 PM

Satcher speaks at Duke
DURHAM — Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will discuss methods to eliminate health disparities around the world at the Duke University School of Nursing’s sixth annual Global Health Lecture and Research Seminar Thursday.
Satcher’s keynote address, “Defining the Path to Global Health Equity,” will illustrate examples of major strategies and programs that are improving science, policy and practice around the world.
The theme for this year’s lecture is “A Dream Yet Fulfilled: Addressing Health Disparities Domestic and Abroad.” The event coincides with the university’s celebration of both Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as the 50th anniversary of the first African-Americans to enroll in Duke.
In addition to Satcher’s keynote address, the program will feature a series of discussions on a variety of global health care issues, including hypertension, obesity and premature birth weights within the African-American community; depression among the elderly both in China and Chinese-American populations; HIV prevention interventions for adolescents in South Africa; and in-home interventions for reducing depression among low-income, Spanish-speaking mothers of infants and toddlers.
The event at the School of Nursing begins at 1 p.m. and concludes with a reception after Satcher’s 4:30 p.m. presentation. For more information, visit
Powell keynotes observance
CHAPEL HILL — Activist, writer and entrepreneur Kevin Powell will give the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. tonight at UNC Chapel Hill’s student union.
Powell has published 11 books, including his latest collection of political and pop culture writings, “Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays.” Powell’s writing has also been published in publications such as Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Amsterdam News and Vibe.
The event is free and open to the public.
Mount Olive issues degrees
MOUNT OLIVE – A number of Durham residents received their degrees from Mount Olive College during the school’s recent winter commencement.
The students included Erin Bohnert, Cristina Bonardi, Emily Broome, Mary Burge, LaShannon Burnette, Kimberly Cherry, Christy Chilausky, Carlyn Cooper, Nikita Ferrell, Brian Gray, April Gustine, Whitney Hicks, David Hinson, Gwenevere Johnson, China Kluttz, Dexter Kornegay, Carla McCoy, Crystal Pole-Joseph, Tomika Royster, Karen Shelton, Sheila Simone, Jonathan Sparks, Twanda Whitten and Kara Yagel.
Also graduating was Caitlin Suggs of Rougemont.
‘Silent Sam’ focus of program
CHAPEL HILL – The early history of the controversial “Silent Sam” statue at UNC Chapel Hill will be the topic of a free public lecture today at the Wilson Special Collections Library.
Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can view a small exhibit about Silent Sam drawn from the special collections in Wilson Library. The program, “Silent Sam in History and Memory,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room.
Fitz Brundage, professor of history at UNC, and doctoral student Adam Domby will discuss the history of the Confederate memorial and changing views of the statue over time. Will McInerney and C.J. Suitt, members of the Real Silent Sam Coalition and the Sacrificial Poets, will perform an original poem about the history of racism in Chapel Hill.
Duke prevails at competition
NEW YORK — A team from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business won the third annual National MBA Case Competition held at Deloitte University’s campus for learning and leadership development near Dallas.
The winning team, comprised of Sami Alami, Elise Eggart, Mike Slattery and Brendan Ward, received $20,000 in scholarship awards.
In the competition, 15 finalist student teams from top MBA programs analyzed a complex business issue for a company in the retail grocery and boutique coffee industry. Each team was provided with business case details and a ten-hour time limit to evaluate the hypothetical scenario and present their thinking and recommendations to a panel of judges.
A team from Columbia University Business School came in second and UCLA was third.
Mounce gets NCCU post
DURHAM — Randall Mounce is the new director of corporate and foundation relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement at N.C. Central University.
Mounce, who reports to Lois Deloatch, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, will work with faculty and administrators campus-wide to intensify NCCU’s focus on corporate partnerships and fundraising.
Mounce most recently was director of development for the UNC School of Medicine, where he spent seven-and-a-half years raising major gifts for medical research programs.
Styron’s letters topic of talk
DURHAM — Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin will discuss their recently published “Selected Letters of William Styron” on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Gothic Reading Room at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.
Styron and Gilpin are editors of the book which includes some of the novelist’s most memorable mediations on the craft of writing. They also open a window onto his friendships with Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, John and Jackie Kennedy, Arthur Miller, James Jones, Carlos Fuentes, Wallace Stegner, Robert Penn Warren, Philip Roth, C. Vann Woodward and many other leading writers and intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
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